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Is Tony Parker the fastest point guard in the NBA?

Mar 8, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

Parker of the Spurs competes in the skills competition during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida Reuters

It’s a great barstool or blog comment debate: “Who is the fastest point guard in the NBA?”

Derrick Rose? John Wall? Russell Westbrook? Kyrie Irving?

Nope, try Tony Parker.

Advanced stats are trying to answer all our debates — who is the best guy to trust with a game-winning shot? — and one of them is who is the fastest guard. Over at Sports Illustrated Zach Lowe spoke with the guys from STATS LLC — the company that in 10 NBA arenas has put in new state-of-the-art camera system that can track exactly where players are at any moment on the court. There is a wealth of interesting information available — how good does your favorite spot-up three-point shooter do when a guy is within two feet of him? Read the post, it’s fascinating stuff.

But that high-technology can be used for fun stuff, too.

Want to know the answer to the age-old debate over who the fastest point guard in the league really is? Well, STATS can’t answer that definitely yet, since only 10 of the league’s 30 arenas have the cameras installed. But those 10 arenas feature some pretty quick point guards — Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Brandon Jennings and the quicker-than-you-think Jose Calderon.

But none can touch Parker in an open sprint, at least not so far this season. Parker has reached a high speed of 20.9 miles per hour in one stretch of in-game sprinting, easily the highest speed any of these guys have registered. Rubio is next, at 19.4 miles per hour, and the rest of the crew falls into the 17 range. Chicago has not invested in the STATS system, so we only have a few games worth of data on Derrick Rose; he reached a peak speed of 17.0 miles in San Antonio last month.

Rose and Wall would be interesting, but if you watch Parker play he is fast. He has won the skills competition. He gets overlooked, but he might be as quick as anyone.

  1. anhdazman - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Wall looks faster and although Ellis is a hybrid, he’s also faster than Parker. But faster doesn’t always mean better.
    I’d rather have Rose, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul before Parker…

    • jobotjones - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Considering he is the only one with hardware out of the group I’d take him second after only Rose who will have his ring in about 3 years or less

  2. jjordannba - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Back in 2009 i remember they said Devin Harris has the record for fastest time from one side of the court to the other with the ball in his hands,So he might be the fastest

  3. gdiii20 - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Have yet 2 see a ring on any of those buddy…fast or slow Parker’s got rings!!

  4. kcbaby58 - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Wrong. Ty Lawson is the fastest!

  5. stropcity - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    San Antonio has this equipment, and Chicago doesn’t. There is much more data on Parker than Rose, so of course the system will determine he’s the fastest. This study is very inconclusive

  6. deionsbraves - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    How come nobody ever mentions Ty Lawson in this discussion? I’d say top 3 easy

  7. canehouse - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Norris Cole can flat out fly… although he doesn’t have the skill set of Parker, Rose, or Westbrook… but he is a blur!

  8. dynomike32 - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Tony Parker has 3 rings. 1, 2, 3.

  9. asublimeday - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Rose is far and away the fastest. No question.

  10. devinmr711 - Mar 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    John Wall is the fastest player in the nba with the ball by far.

  11. cowboys8819 - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    and how many rings do those guys have?????? Parker is fast and he has rings! so. I guess yall can have those guys I want championships!

  12. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Is Parker less appreciated because he plays in San Antonio? Exceptional player.

  13. isujames - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    no its because hes french and wall is gastest pg in league.

  14. canehouse - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    a better question might be who is the quickest? There is a difference.

  15. glink123 - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    with, or without dribbling the ball?? sprinting versus sprinting while dribbling the ball are two completely different things. I’ll take Rose dribbling over anyone. If its just a sprint without dribbling, I’ll take Parker. He’s built lower to the ground. Rose has the best handle in the league though, IMHO.

  16. telergy - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    John Wall is the fastest point guard in the NBA hands down.

  17. connaniii - Mar 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Whenever Parker pulls up for a jumper within the paint his defender falls back at least three feet making it almost impossible to block his shot, that´s how fast (quick) he really is!

  18. rooney24 - Mar 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Sounds kind of like 40 yard dash times in the NFL. Nice info, and cool that they can gather the info like that, but does not tell the entire story of how effectively they play.

  19. jjordannba - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Sleeping on Devin Harris because he’s not an allstar

  20. cincyorangenblack - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    D- Rose is faster than that Frenchman any day.

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